Asked on Oct 13, 2017

Plumbers putty



Hi, I have used plumbers putty before, to seal down the ring of the flapper (flapper raises when you flush). Now it doesn't want to adhere. It's "fresh" putty. Nowhere does it say to apply to dry surface, or OK to use under water. The ring that is stuck down is the "seat"of the flapper & doesn't want to adhere to toilet. Is there a trick to this? - Thank you!

2 answers
  • William
    on Oct 13, 2017

    I don't know what you mean by ring and where you are putting the putty. The flush valve and overflow tube where the flapper sits has a rubber gasket and a nut underneath the tank. That is what holds it in place and prevents it from leaking.

  • Oberlinmom
    on Oct 14, 2017

    As William says the flapper sits in the hole and is held in place by water pressure. What it sits on is anchored to the toilet by rubber gasket/washer and nut. It also has a large rubber "bushing" that cushions the tank from the base of the toilet if it's in the center of the toilet. If you need putty to get the flap to seal you probably need a new flap if has stiffened, warped or whatever you won't get a good seal when the tank refills putty shouldn't be needed.
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